Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) is thrilled to announce that Jessica Trudeau has joined the organization as Chief Transformation Officer. Jessica comes to CTL from TexProtects, a statewide child advocacy organization where she served as Managing Director. She brings a wealth of experience to the organization with particular strengths in strategy, staff development, evaluation, research, and analysis.

Jessica is a seasoned executive and Public Health practitioner. She has a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Public Health focusing on Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University. Over the previous twenty years, she has worked in the areas of child abuse, HIV/AIDS, injury prevention, mental health, and education. Her guiding belief is that everything starts and ends with relationships and that there are infinite possibilities when we put humans first.

Jessica is excited about leading her team, stating, “I am thrilled to join Center for Transforming Lives. I believe in our holistic model and the ability to ensure equitable, sustainable change and positive outcomes for women and children. At the end of the day, our community and state’s future depends on children and families reaching their full potential.”

“We are so excited about all that Jess brings to CTL and to Tarrant County. She has a strong reputation across Texas as an advocate for the success of children and families but is perhaps best known for her leadership style of warmth, authenticity, and compassion while focusing on results.” Says CEO Carol Klocek.

Jessica will oversee CTL’s Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning team, and she will lead research and advocacy efforts and take on strategic projects.

Center for Transforming Lives works side-by-side with women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive housing services, early childhood education, economic mobility services, and clinical counseling. Each year, CTL works with over 3,000 people from more than 1,000 families in Tarrant County to provide comprehensive services. CTL’s programs are trauma-informed, two-generational, and incorporate best practices rooted in nationally backed research to ensure women and children achieve long-term success.

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